complement

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

**Complement** \Com"ple*ment\, noun [L. complementun: cf. F.
compl['e]ment. See {Complete}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Compliment}.]

1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete.

2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to complete a symmetrical whole.

History is the **complement** of poetry. --Sir J.
Stephen.

3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set; completeness.

To exceed his **complement** and number appointed him
which was one hundred and twenty persons. --Hakluyt.

4. (Math.) A second quantity added to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given quantity.

5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory. [Obs.]

Without vain art or curious complements. --Spenser.

6. (Naut.) The whole working force of a vessel.

7. (Mus.) The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the
fourth is the **complement** of the fifth, the sixth of the
third.

8. A compliment. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Arithmetical compliment of a logarithm}. See under {Logarithm}.

{Arithmetical **complement** of a number} (Math.), the difference
between that number and the next higher power of 10; as, 4
is the **complement** of 6, and 16 of 84.

{**Complement** of an arc} or {**Complement** of an angle} (Geom.),
the difference between that arc or angle and 90[deg].

{**Complement** of a parallelogram}. (Math.) See {Gnomon}.

{In her **complement**} (Her.), said of the moon when represented
as full.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

**Complement** \Com"ple*ment\, verb (used with an object)

1. To supply a lack; to supplement. [R.]

2. To compliment. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

noun

1: a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction

2: a complete number or quantity; "a full **complement**"

3: number needed to make up a whole force; "a full **complement** of
workers" [syn: {**complement**}, {full **complement**}]

4: something added to complete or embellish or make perfect; "a
fine wine is a perfect **complement** to the dinner"; "wild rice
was served as an accompaniment to the main dish" [syn:
{**complement**}, {accompaniment}]

5: one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response

6: either of two parts that mutually complete each other

verb

1: make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form
the **complement** to; "I need some pepper to **complement** the
sweet touch in the soup"

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